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Keeping them too cool also increases the failure rate. IIRC, you want to keep them in between 25c-35c
really? that doesn't make sense. why would being cooler cause failures?

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Lower isn't necessarily better. As with most all things, that's true only to a degree. Google posted up some charts from some studies and I think the sweet spot seems to be about the mid thirties to mid forties where they saw the lowest failures. I think 30C saw worse failures than those ranges, for example. It was generally below ~25C and above ~50C that things got noticeably worse, so unless you're at either end, they're fine temperature-wise, and it comes down to chance.I think the sweet spot was actually ~35C-45C, plus or minus some at either end.
thats very interesting i wonder why.
Edited by philhalo66 - 5/12/11 at 9:06am
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Got 2 OEM samsung drives running here from 2000, and it's still going strong now with all my music and films on them
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really? that doesn't make sense. why would being cooler cause failures?
The same reason CPUs can have cold bugs. Things can run too warm or too cold. As a source of heat, and with an upper limit so much closer to ambient than the lower limit usually is, we don't see cases of "too cold" often, but if it can run too hot, why not too cold?
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The same reason CPUs can have cold bugs. Things can run too warm or too cold. As a source of heat, and with an upper limit so much closer to ambient than the lower limit usually is, we don't see cases of "too cold" often, but if it can run too hot, why not too cold?
okay that makes sense but kinda concerning, mine average between 28-35C right now only one is above 31C the other 2 are 29C and 28C maybe i should pull the HDD fan out of the front panel
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Here's this. It's the Google document for they're recordings/findings.

http://static.googleusercontent.com/...k_failures.pdf

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Here's this. It's the Google document for they're recordings/findings.

http://static.googleusercontent.com/...k_failures.pdf

oh well from that chart im within the 2% rate so im good to go +1
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okay that makes sense but kinda concerning, mine average between 28-35C right now only one is above 31C the other 2 are 29C and 28C maybe i should pull the HDD fan out of the front panel
There's no reason too. The difference in chance of failure isn't going to be that much between the range you have and the ideal range. It's below ~25C and above ~50C that there's potential cause for concern. Not being in the ideal range isn't cause for concern. ~30C is fine. All four of mine run between ~31C-33C, sometimes colder. They've been running since 2008-2009 (two purchased each year).
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Yeah thats the chart I was thinking of, HDD's prefer to be warmer than colder.
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I have an old hard drive - not failing in ANY tests - been running for at least 12 hours a day .. the drive is from 1999 ..
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Depends on Drive design, quality of parts and materials used, and how well the drive is taken care of (temperature and handling).

Ive got an old IBM Deskstar 120GB that was manufactured for apple back in 2002 that got used as a server drive before i got a hold of it. thing was powered up for more than 5 years (400k+ hrs logged on its motor) and it still works. (though it takes a while to spin-up)

I also have 4 Seagate ST3500418AS 500gb drives, which have questionable reviews all over Newegg (something like 1/2 of them fail shortly after buying), but i haven't had any trouble with any of mine, and Ive had the oldest one for about 2 years now......
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